James Cook University
Karen has a a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Queensland (2005) where she focused on mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. Using her remote sensing expertise, she has since worked as an Engineering Officer in the Australian Army, developed models to map recreation opportunities across New Zealand’s conservation estate, and integrated remote sensing into all phases of the disaster management cycle. She is heavily involved in developing workflows for integrating drone technology into remote sensing practice and has been working with drone based image analysis for five years. While the environmental target may vary from marine and coastal through to savanna ecosystems, my common approach is to optimise remote sensing and spatial models for rapid quantitative information extraction and communication purposes. She is a Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia as well as the founder and Education Director of She Maps – an initiative designed to bring diversity to what we think of as science (i.e. it’s not just lab coats and test tubes!) and who engages with science as a career path (i.e. we need more women!).